Valencia have fired head coach Pako Ayestaran after the team started the season with four straight La Liga defeats from their opening four games. The announcement came two days after Valencia lost 2-1 at Athletic Bilbao, a result that left the club rock bottom of the La Liga table.
The club said in a statement on Tuesday that the decision was made ‘after analysing the current sporting situation and results.’
“Following the meeting held today by the board of directors, Valencia CF have decided to relieve Coach Pako Ayestaran from his office,” read a statement on the club’s official website.
“The decision was made after analysis of the current sporting situation and results.
“While the club finalises the appointment of a new Coach, the person that will serve as Coach of the first team on an interim basis but with full responsibility and confidence of the club is Voro Gonzalez.
“Valencia CF wish to thank the involvement, effort and professionalism of Pako Ayestaran and his coaching staff in his time at the helm. The club wish him all the best of luck for the future.”
The 53-year-old Spaniard was appointed to the post of Valencia coach following the dismissal of Gary Neville in December 2015. Neville, undertaking his first role as the first team manager of a football club, lasted only four months in Spain, overseeing 10 wins and 11 defeats.
His successor, Ayestaran, was Neville’s second in command during his stint at Valencia and was deemed suitable to be promoted up to the main role.
Interim coach Salvador ‘Voro’ Gonzalez will now be in charge until a new manager is hired and Valencia will begin to search for their ninth manager since the start of the 2012-13 season.
Valencia’s next match is on Thursday (September 22) at home against Alaves, where interim manager ‘Voro’ will take charge.